Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Bracelet of the Day: Tampa Bracelet Variation - Olive & Plum

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • SuperDuo beads "Metallic Suede Pink"
  • SuperDuo beads "Metallic Suede Gold"
  • 4mm Swarovski bicones "Khaki"

I had admired the "Tampa Bracelet" pattern from Vivatutorial on Etsy for quite some time but had never tried it. Just recently I came across a bracelet for sale in an Etsy shop and it really sparked my interest. It's a variation of the "Tampa Bracelet" where the motifs are connected with jump rings and you probably know how well I like that idea. You can buy Aviva's pattern HERE and you can see Linda Smith's adaptation HERE.




I ended up making some of my own changes to the design. Although I think that bicones suit the Art Deco style of the bracelet quite well, I didn't like that they tend to cause the motif to warp because they bump against the seed beads in the center of the motif. I also have a very limited color selection of 4mm Swarovski and Czech bicones so I decided to try using 3mm fire polished beads instead. 4mm fire polished beads are too big but the 3mm ones fit perfectly. I also replaced the 3mm bicones that go between the three SuperDuos with 8/0 seed beads. They work great and save me from having to find bicones in colors that go with the other beads that I want to use. Of course that lowers the cost of making this bracelet as well. I did use bicones in today's bracelet because I happen to have some olive green ones that go well with this colorway. I'll be blogging about a few other colorways soon and I used fire polished beads in all of them.


Another thing that I changed is the shape of the seed bead embellishments. The first time I added those four seed beads, mine sat a little differently than how they look in the photos on Etsy. The point bead naturally popped up closer to the outer ends and I really liked the look. It adds to the Art Deco shape of the motif.



As you can see, I also made a matching pair of earrings. The only change was to replace the 8/0 seed bead at one end of the motif with an 11/0 bead.




STILL NO PINTEREST

It's starting to look like they've abandoned Pinterest and aren't going to fix it. It apparently works when visiting other peoples' boards but doesn't work when you view your own boards. That pretty much makes Pinterest useless to me. I'll give them a few more days to fix it before I stop bothering to add any new photos from my blog.

Does anyone know of a good alternative for Pinterest? I'd hate to have to switch to something else though and have to find all of my pins again.


UPDATE: I'm very happy to report that sometime late this afternoon, they finally fixed the problem with Pinterest!!!

 

Monday, March 20, 2017

YouTube Beading Tutorial - XOXO Bracelet


XOXO BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Turquoise Heavy Travertine"

JP posted this video tutorial HERE on YouTube about a week ago and I thought her bracelet looked really cute. I was in between projects so I gave it a try. I dug through my stash of fire polished beads to find a color that I had enough of to make this bracelet and I had quite a few of this color. Although there are only two kinds of beads, it takes a LOT of both fire polished beads and seed beads. JP must have an even tinier wrist than me because she only needed eight motifs for her bracelet. I needed ten motifs to fit my wrist so I'm guessing she must have a 5-inch wrist. My bracelet measures 7 inches long and fits my 6-inch wrist nicely. I needed 80 fire polished beads and about 5 grams of 11/0 seed beads. I made a different clasp loop on mine so I also used two 8/0 seed beads. I think I used at least 4 yards of thread. I started with three yards and had to add more.

I used Toho seed beads to make my first sample. Toho beads do work but the motifs came out a little loose. For my final bracelet I used Miyuki beads because the "Metallic Chocolate" goes well with the dark specks in my fire polished beads. They're a very unusual color that I found at BeadsParade on Etsy HERE. The specs are actually dark green but from a distance they appear to be brown.


I like how my bracelet turned out and it has an interesting feel to it because the motifs are two-sided. For some reason it's not a very photogenic bracelet and my photos don't do it justice. In my close-ups, it looks like loads of beads. Here is a screenshot from JP's video so you can see how nice her bracelet looks:


Check out JP's YouTube channel HERE. She has a lot of nice beading videos. Although this particular bracelet pattern is not available, JP sells beading patterns in her Etsy shop HERE.



PINTEREST STILL BROKEN

It's been broken for three days now. I sure hope that they are able to fix it soon. I will continue to add the beadwork photos from my blog to my Pinterest boards and just hope that nothing goes missing.

 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Dragonfly Bangles & Corundum Earrings - Two Sets

My sister asked me to make a "Dragonfly Bangle" and "Corundum Earrings" set for her friend's birthday. She wanted them in purple with metallic chocolate seed beads. I came up with two different colorways and I will let her choose which set she likes best.

The "Dragonfly Bangles" is from Deb Roberti and you can get the free pattern HERE. Kelly Dale has a YouTube tutorial for the earrings HERE. You can also buy the pattern in her Etsy shop HERE.



  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • SuperDuo beads "Dark Bronze"
  • MiniDuo beads "Jet Bronze"
  • Fire Polished beads "Halo Ethereal Regal"
  • IOS® par Puca beads "Dark Bronze"


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • SuperDuo beads "Dark Bronze"
  • SuperDuo beads "Halo Regal"









  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • SuperDuo beads "Dark Bronze"
  • MiniDuo beads "Jet Bronze"
  • 4mm druks "Lilac Vega Luster"
  • IOS® par Puca beads "Dark Bronze"


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • SuperDuo beads "Dark Bronze"
  • SuperDuo beads "Chalk Vega"







 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bracelet of the Day - Half Tila Herringbone - Metallic Patina


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • Half Tila beads "Matte Metallic Patina" (HT-2008)

Today's bracelet is another example made with only one Half Tila color. You can find a good selection of Half Tila beads at Red Panda and Aura Crystals.




Read my original post HERE for links to a free pattern and YouTube video tutorials for making this design.




PINTEREST PROBLEM

Has anyone else noticed that Pinterest is being erratic today? You can't scroll past the first few rows of pins. When you try to scroll down further, the page refreshes and bounces you back up as soon as you release your mouse wheel or the scroll bar. It's doing this in Firefox and Google Chrome so it must be a Pinterest problem.


The problem is worse than I thought. After pinning the photos from today's post, I went to my board to make sure that I didn't miss any. I discovered that all of the pins from my blog for the past week or so are gone except for yesterday's. The next pins on the board are from the end of February. It's even worse on one of my private boards. Everything is gone between a couple days ago and last November. 

UPDATE: I contacted Pinterest about the problems and they said that many people have reported the same thing today and they're working on fixing it.

 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Bracelet of the Day - Half Tila Herringbone - Matte Silver Grey


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • Half Tila beads "Matte Metallic Silver Grey" (HT-2002)

I had in my mind that making this bracelet in all one color would be boring but I was wrong. I like this plain colorway just as much as the two color ones. I made this one with pewter seed beads but I think it would also be nice with dark bronze seed beads.


Read my original post HERE for links to a free pattern and YouTube video tutorials for making this design.



 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Bracelet of the Day - Half Tila Herringbone - Matte Bronze & Gunmetal


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • Half Tila beads "Metallic Matte Dark Bronze" (HT-2006)
  • Half Tila beads "Matte Gunmetal" (HT-2001)

I didn't post anything yesterday because I had run out of things to post due to not being able take photos for several days. I spent the past two days taking almost 200 beadwork photos, picking out the best ones, editing them then typing nine blog articles. I also had the grocery shopping, cooking and other chores to do in between.

I decided to try a few more design variations with this narrow bracelet and this time I used a basket weave pattern. Because the bracelet is so narrow, the pattern isn't all that obvious and you would see it more with a wider bracelet. The odd thing that I discovered about the basket weave is that you always end up with the outside rows being different colors. I think it would look better with the outer rows being the same color but it's just not possible. I do love this colorway though.


Read my original post HERE for links to a free pattern and YouTube video tutorials for making this design.




I made some samples to show you some of the color patterns that you can create on these bracelets by changing the arrangement of the beads. I'm also posting information about the order in which order each color is added when making these variations. I refer to the colors as "A" and "B" in the formulas below. I'm not going to explain how to do the Herringbone stitch, I'm only describing the order that you need to pick up each color for the first few rows of the stitch to achieve the patterns below. When doing the Herringbone stitch the "rows" go vertically and they correspond to the width of the bracelet rather than the length. After adding a row, you flip the work then add the next row and so on.


BORDER

For this formula, color A is the inside color and B is the border color:

Row 1: A + B
Row 2: A + B
Row 3: A + B
Row 4: A + B

Repeat this sequence for the length of the bracelet. If you're making a wider bracelet, pick up all A beads in each row except for the last bead picked up which should be a B bead. For example, for a bracelet that is four Half Tila beads wide, you would pick up A + A + A + B.


BASKET WEAVE

Row 1: A + A
Row 2: B + B
Row 3: A + A
Row 4: B + B

Repeat this sequence for the length of the bracelet. For a wider bracelet, simply use more of the same color beads in each row. Note that you will always end up with color A along one edge and color B along the other.


NARROW STRIPES

Row 1: A + A
Row 2: A + A
Row 3: B + B
Row 4: B + B

Repeat this sequence for the length of the bracelet. This is the narrowest stripe possible. If you'd like to use more than two colors then rows 5 and 6 would be your third "C" color.


WIDE STRIPES

This formula will give you stripes that are twice as wide as the narrow stripes. If you'd like them even wider  make five or six rows in your "A" color then make the same number of rows in your "B" color. Of course you can also use more than two colors if you like.

Row 1: A + A
Row 2: A + A
Row 3: A + A
Row 4: A + A
Row 5: B + B
Row 6: B + B
Row 7: B + B
Row 8: B + B

Repeat this sequence for the length of the bracelet. For a three-color bracelet, rows 9-12 would be your "C" color.


ALTERNATING WIDE AND NARROW STRIPES

For this pattern, I alternated narrow and wide stripes using the formulas above.

I've created a PDF file with these formulas that you can print out. 


Click HERE to download the PDF.